Johnny Depp books Birmingham curry house with Jeff Beck as UK tour continues after libel lawsuit win | Ents & Arts News
Johnny Depp continues his UK tour of seemingly unlikely places to find a Hollywood star, booking an entire curry house in Birmingham on his final pit stop.
The Hollywood actor ate in Varanasi on Broad Street amid his ongoing string of appearances alongside musician Jeff Beck – having been seen in Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Glasgow and Kent in recent days.
DeppTravels across the UK took place on either side of the verdict in his US libel case against his ex-wife Amber Heardwhere the jurors found in his favor and awarded him $10.35m (£8.2m) in damages.
The 58-year-old was not in court for the conclusion of the case last Wednesday, opting instead to stay on tour with Beck – and is expected to appear on stage again during the musician’s Birmingham show at Symphony Hall on Monday evening.
After booking in Varanasi on Sunday, the actor reportedly left a “big tip”.
Mo Hussain, curry house operations manager, said Depp’s security team called to ask if they could have a look around the venue in the afternoon, before booking the entire restaurant with 300 seats for this evening.
Depp and Beck then arrived with about two dozen members of their tour crew and ate a three-course dinner of chicken tikka shashlik, vegetable samosas and a king prawn entrée.
Mr Hussain said Depp spent time “hugging, kissing and taking pictures” with members of staff, as well as friends and family members of restaurant patrons.
“He was very humble and he stayed to talk and greet everyone. He met my three daughters and they asked him to give them some lines from his movies. He did ‘You’re Weird’ from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory . “
Mr Hussain added: “He was really good with the kids, but there were about 60 of us and he didn’t leave anyone without hugging them, kissing them or shaking their hands.
“It really is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Some staff asked about the recent court case, but he was just smiling – it was a smile of relief.”
Mr Hussain added: “They spent a lot of money, it’s a big room to hire, but they never even looked at the bill. He tipped a lot.”
Depp pictured cuddling a badger at the Kent Rescue Center
Week-by-week account of a soap opera’s libel trial
After a high-profile six-week trial, all on camera, a jury found that a 2018 article in The Washington Post, in which Heard wrote about her experiences as a survivor of domestic violence, was defamatory of Depp – even though he didn’t mention it by name.
Heard won one count of her countersuit, successfully arguing that Depp’s publicist defamed her by claiming her allegations were “a hoax of abuse” aimed at capitalizing on the #MeToo movement .
The jury awarded him $2m (£1.5m) in damages.
After the verdict, Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, told NBC that the social media posts had “influenced” the jury and that the actress could not afford the millions in damages awarded. Heard’s sources told NBC she would appeal.